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Revista Cubana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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PELAEZ MENDOZA, Jorge. The use of contraceptive methods in adolescence. Rev Cubana Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2016, vol.42, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3062.

Among the challenges faced by adolescents are practicing of their sexuality and the risk this entails for their reproductive healthare related. The decline at the menarcheage, early sexual initiation and extension of the marriageage increase the risk of unwanted gestation and sexually transmitted infections.The aim of this paper is to updatethe review on the use of contraceptive methods in adolescence and to define the most recommended ones. Articles on contraception and adolescence, which were published in the last ten years, were reviewed by reviewing the most contemporary and scientific consistency.The best method is one the adolescent, preferably both members of the couple, choose duly informed. Combined hormonal contraceptives are safe and effective for adolescents, as well as the long-acting reversible methods.Emergency contraception is useful in exceptional situations, but not as customary method. The correct use of the male condom is the only method capable of reducing the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus (STD/HIV).The combined method, which uses hormonal contraceptives and male condoms, protects against unwanted pregnancy and infections, so it would be the ideal method for teenagers.

Keywords : Adolescence; contraception.

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